HP Elite x3 justifies its IP67 rating by surviving immersion in water

HP Elite x3 is the first Windows 10 Mobile device that is dust and water resistant, and comes with IP67 rating. Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, the IP Code – International Protection Marking – sometimes interpreted as Ingress Protection Marking, classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion, dust, accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures.

The IP code is made up of two digits. The first digit indicates the level of protection against solid bodies and the second digit indicates the level of protection against liquids. The higher the digit, the better the protection. An IP67 rating means ‘Complete protection against dust’ and ‘Protection against effects from immersion in liquids between 15 cm and 1 m in depth’.

Our friends from WindowsTeca, an Italian publication, tested the water resistance by immersing the device in a bowl of water for a few moments. Check out the video below – It’s in Italian, but you’ll get the drift, pun not intended. Thanks for the tip, Andrea.

As is evident in the video, the Elite x3 did not suffer any damage – no condensation or infiltration. The Bang & Olufsen speaker though stopped working immediately after taking out from the bowl, but resumed playing once the device was dry after a few minutes.

HP Elite x3 was unveiled at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and the 5.96-inch enterprise-focused device powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage went on sale in select markets recently.

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Shouldn't water resistance be a standard feature across flagship devices?